We all procrastinate from time to time.
As a counselor for teens and young adults, I find one of the main issues everyone faces is procrastination.
What are the causes of procrastination among students?
Whether you're in high school or college, homework and exams are a constant.
Many people think that laziness is behind procrastination. Tempting as it is, this just isn't true.
What we call "laziness" is often misunderstood anxiety.
Anxiety and perfectionism are often at the root. We have a fear that it might ever be not be good enough. If we're going to end up failing, why even start?
Once we have enough motivation we’ll stop procrastinating - right?
There’s a common myth about “motivation” that can dig people into deeper trouble. There’s a few issues with this idea.
How do we get motivation? Do we just have to wait around until the mood strikes? Do we have to look at a bunch of inspiring quotes on Instagram?
Do we not feel motivated because we don’t care? Oh no, am I not good enough because I’m not feeling motivated. Oh no, I’ve failed again.
Can y’all give me an E.T.A. on motivation? We have no idea when “motivation” will strike. So, we just have to wait around. Feeling helpless. And bored. While the deadline is constantly approaching.
How to stop procrastinating and start studying
Below are a few great ideas on how to actually break through that anxiety. Perfectionism doesn’t have to hold you back.
Here are my favorite techniques to get unstuck!
Counseling for perfectionism, anxiety, and depression in teens
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